If the shit that happened to Pussy Riot gets you angry, then what happened to Pragaash could well make you cry.
Three 15-year-old girls from Kashmir decided, like millions of other 15-year-olds across the globe, to pick up some instruments and start a band. Last December, they entered a local battle of the bands competition, finishing third. So far, so teenage dream.
But then the Facebook death threats started, and tales of their “immoral” performance spread throughout the media until a goverment cleric issued a fatwa against them. Simply for being women that wanted to make music.
For their own safety, Pragaash disbanded in February of this year.
This was some of the only footage I could find of them playing. I’ve had cups of tea that were more immoral than this.
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I am so tired of reading post after post of “every girl is beautiful” and “it’s ok to be fat.”
Those are not only NOT true, I mean come back to earth and smell the roses, because they don’t all smell like roses, but it’s so fucking annoying to hear everyone go on…
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These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the U.S. government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to the Indian boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them.
As of this year: the U.S. supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that this systemic kidnapping of Native children is legal.
As of today: there are far more First Nations & Native American children in foster care than there were at the HEIGHT of this residential “school” system.
Over 60% of foster kids who age outta “care” are kicked out on the streets, imprisoned, or dead by the age of 20.
the article about this picture never fails to make me sick. i really encourage people to read it, though. for me, it helps to put even more into perspective just how evil the residential schools were. like, just imagine how young the child was that wore these handcuffs. it’s absolutely mind-blowing.
Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.
White serial killers.
White political corruption
White drug dealers
I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.
When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.
When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.
If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.
The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.
So to get to 51% of the electorate the Republicans are going to have to pull some votes from previously offended demographics.
the greatest part of yesterdays episode. now wheres the womens part?
And that about sums it up.
JESSICA WILLIAMS IS EVERYTHING AND IF YOU DON’T LOVE HER YOU’RE WRONG.
Robot Hugs - But Men [x]
(click through to see full comic and more on the artist’s site!)
I will always reblog this comic.
Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
You are MY Doctor, and I love you!
i’m sorry i was watching this scene and omg jorah’s fucking face the whole time
#modern au danny picks a fight in literally every bar while jorah is just like fuuuck okay let me finish my beer at least
your garden looks like shit now but it’s gonna look even worse on fucking FIRE - ahahahaha, I died laughing
Christmas Santa Word Search (Found on Dangerous Minds’ Facebook page; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/10051070001/jesus-comforts-santa-over-9-11-naturally-found)